On this page you will find the latest relevant updates on a broad range of health and policy related topics, including HIV, hepatitis C, drug use, overdose prevention, harm reduction, drug treatment and criminal justice.

Paris Has a Serious Crack Problem, and It’s Spiraling out of Control
13 May 2021
....dubbed the “walking dead” by locals who post voyeuristic videos online are seeking refuge in city parks.......
At Least One Police Officer a Month in the UK Loses Their Job Due to Drug Taking
13 May 2021
But there are concerns over how forces treat officers with drug problems.
Carl Hart urges us to change the way we think about drug use.
12 May 2021
He joins Janna Levin to discuss his recent book Drug Use for Grown-Ups: Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear.
Initiative Aims to Increase Methadone, Bupe Access in Pennsylvania Jails
11 May 2021
Jerome Maynor was prescribed methadone. His medication was working for him and he was stably employed. Suddenly, parole infraction got him thrown back in jail and refused him access to his medication. What followed—forced withdrawal—was agony for Maynor.
Drugs ‘trilemma’: how to halt the deadly trade while still ensuring development and peace
11 May 2021
The raid on a favela in the Jacarezinho area of the city represents one of the deadliest police operations in Rio in recent years.
‘A disgrace’: Ice inquiry commissioner accuses government of ignoring calls for reform
5 May 2021
The commissioner who led the state’s ice inquiry has accused the NSW government of missing a once-in-a-generation opportunity for drug reform and ignoring his recommendations 15 months after handing down a landmark report.
Overdose crisis: The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare decades of drug policy failures
30 Apr 2021
A syndemic occurs when multiple public health emergencies interact to make each other worse. This past year clearly fits the label: the global COVID-19 pandemic has indisputably intensified the existing drug overdose crisis in Canada.
Bolsonaro’s Cabinet Crusade Against Cannabis is Racist and Classist
30 Apr 2021
The authors of a new government report claim that the debate on legalisation needs to be neutral. From a semiotic point of view, though, a picture of a person covering their face in signal of distress while rejecting a bag containing what seems to be cocaine powder in a primer with arguments against the legalisation of cannabis does not look neutral.
How Fear, Misinformation, Stigma Have Devastated US Pain Patients
29 Apr 2021
Tamera Lynn Stewart had been taking prescribed opioids for 12 years to treat her chronic pain, following some cancer-related surgeries. Then one day in April 2018, her doctor told her he could no longer maintain the treatment that had worked so well for all those years.
The Opioid Crisis explained in under 5 minutes
28 Apr 2021
The overdose crisis is now one of America's biggest killers, with misuse of opioids as the main driver of deaths. Social challenges of the last decade, from the financial crisis of 2008 to the COVID-19 epidemic, saw the spread of stronger synthetic opioids like fentanyl and the incapacity of the war on drugs to protect people
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